Ella Enchanted (Unabridged)
by Gail Carson Levine
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"That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. 'My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child.' I stopped." So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom, and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself. Ella Enchanted is a 1998 Newbery Medal Honor Book and a major motion picture.
Best Children's Fantasy Book Ever
This book has entertained me for YEARS! So well written and quickly developed--with funny and lovable (or horrible) characters. A must read for any young girl (or boy!).
I LOVE This Book!
I have read this book at least once a year since I was 8.
It is a wonderful spinoff of the familiar Cinderella story, with a spunky and spirited heroine.
I would definetly reccomend this audio tape (or the book!!).
I remember getting this when I was about six. I had begun it many times, wanting to understand it. But it wasn't until I was about nine that I actually read it cover to cover and I was thrilled by the tale that Gail Carson Levine has woven. Since then I have read it many times. Such an action-packed book with witty characters, a daring heroine and a charming prince. But this book has so many unexpected twists that you'll just want to know the end! As soon as I read this book I was an instant fan of Levine and read my way through most of her books. As time goes on, it gets harder and harder to find a well-written story by a good writer, but Ella Enchated is something that every girl must read to find out how you can do what you want to, even if it includes battling ogers!. This book is a must-read. Great for a read-aloud!